(Last Updated on : 26/11/2018)
Governor of West Bengal is a nominal head of the State Government
and representative of the President of India
in the state of West Bengal. The Governor is appointed by the Indian President for a term of 5 years. Chakravarthi Rajagopalachari was the first Governor of West Bengal and Keshari Nath Tripathi is the incumbent from 2014.
The Governors of West Bengal are as follows:
Chakravarthi Rajagopalachari was the first Governor of West Bengal from 4th April 1905 to 21st June 1948. He was the last Governor-General of India, as India soon became a Republic in 1950.
Kailash Nath Katju
Kailash Nath Katju was the second Governor of West Bengal from 21st June 1948 to 11th January 1951. He was also one of India's most prominent lawyers and a freedom fighter
Harendra Coomar Mookerjee
Harendra Coomar Mookerjee was the third Governor of West Bengal from 11th January 1951to 8th August 1956. He was also the member of Indian National Congress
and participated in national movements
representing Bengali Christian community
Phani Bhusan Chakraborty
Phani Bhusan Chakraborty was the fourth acting Governor of West Bengal from 8th August 1956 to 11th March 1956.
Padmaja Naidu was the fifth Governor of West Bengal from 11th March 1956 to 6th January 1967. She was the first female Governor of West Bengal and was also an Indian freedom fighter.
Dharma Vira was the sixth Governor of West Bengal from 6th January 1967 to 1st April 1969.
Deep Narayan Sinha
Deep Narayan Sinha was the seventh acting Governor of West Bengal from 1st April 1969 to 19th September 1969. He was the Chief Justice
of the Calcutta High Court
Shanti Swaroop Dhavan
Shanti Swaroop Dhavan was the eighth Governor of West Bengal from 19th September 1969 to 21st August 1971. He served as a lecturer in law at the Allahabad University
and was a senior advocate at the Supreme Court of India
Anthony Lancelot Dias
Anthony Lancelot Dias was the ninth Governor of West Bengal from 21st August 1971 to 6th November 1979. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan
in 1970 for his management of a drought in Bihar
Tribhuvana Narayana Singh
Tribhuvana Narayana Singh was the tenth Governor of West Bengal from 6th November 1979 to 12th September 1981. He also served as the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee and as Union Minister
of Industry and Steel
Bhairab Dutt Pande
Bhairab Dutt Pande was the eleventh Governor of West Bengal from 12th September 1981 to 10th October 1983. He was awarded the Padma Shri
in 1972 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2000 for his contributions to Indian society.
Anant Prasad Sharma
Anant Prasad Sharma was the twelfth Governor of West Bengal from 10th October 1983 to 16th August 1984.
Satish Chandra was the thirteenth acting Governor of West Bengal from 16th August 1984 to 1st October 1984.
Uma Shankar Dikshit
Uma Shankar Dikshit was the fourteenth Governor of West Bengal from 1st October 1984 to 12th August 1986. He was a freedom fighter and was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 1989.
Saiyid Nurul Hasan
Saiyid Nurul Hasan was the fifteenth Governor of West Bengal from 12th August 1986 to 20th March 1989 and was again elected as the same from 7th February 1990 to 12th July 1993.
T. V. Rajeswar
T. V. Rajeswar was the sixteenth Governor of West Bengal from 20th March 1989 to 7th February 1990. He was an Indian Police Service
Officer and an Intelligence Bureau
B. Satyanarayan Reddy
B. Satyanarayan Reddy was the seventeenth Governor of West Bengal from 13th July 1993 to 14th August 1993. He was a freedom fighter and a Socialist politician.
K.V. Raghunatha Reddy
K.V. Raghunatha Reddy was the eighteenth Governor of West Bengal from 14th August 1993 to 27th April 1998. He also worked as Union Labour Minister
Akhlaqur Rahman Kidwai
Akhlaqur Rahman Kidwai was the ninteenth Governor of West Bengal from 27th April 1998 to 18th May 1999.
Shyamal Kumar Sen
Shyamal Kumar Sen was the 20th acting Governor of West Bengal from 18th May 1999 to 4th December 1999.
Viren J. Shah
Viren J. Shah was the twenty-first Governor of West Bengal from 4th December 1999 to 14th December 2004.
Gopalkrishna Gandhi was the twenty-second Governor of West Bengal from 14th December 2004 to 14th December 2009. He is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi
Devanand Konwar was the twenty-third Governor of West Bengal from 14th December 2009 to 24th January 2010. He joined the Indian National Congress Party in 1955 as a Student Leader.
M.K. Narayanan was the twent-third Governor of West Bengal from 24th January 2010 to 30th June 2014.
Dnyandeo Yashwantrao Patil
Dnyandeo Yashwantrao Patil was the twnty-fourth Governor of West Bengal from 3rd July 2014 to 17th July 2014. He is an educator and a leader of the Indian National Congress.
Keshari Nath Tripathi
Keshari Nath Tripathi is the present and the twenty-fifth Governor of West Bengal from
17th July 2014.